Fast food company Nando’s responded to the viral clip of Gareth Cliff’s “racist” remark on a platform that they sponsored, via a tweet on Friday 22 October. However, Tweeps are not pleased with their response.
THE VIRAL CLIP OF GARETH CLIFF
Nando’s hosted a heated conversation titled The Burning Platform: OneSA vs The DA between — radio personality Gareth Cliff, one of South Africa’s national spokeswoman Mudzuli Rakhivhane and federal leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) John Steenhuisen.
The conversation was meant to see the panelists discuss their thoughts on coalitions, the upcoming elections and their stance on racial issues in South Africa. However, Cliff and Rakhivhane got into an argument over whether service delivery is a smaller issue than race baiting. Cliff then made a few comments which Tweeps found “racist”.
“Your personal experiences are completely anecdotal and unimportant to all of us, sorry,” said Cliff to Rakhivhane.
“Thank you! I appreciate the fact that you think the experiences of a black woman in this country is unimportant and irrelevant,” she continued.
“Mudzuli I am not interested in identity politics at all, nobody really is. They are only interested in themselves, what they can get out of this,” he added.
WATCH THE CLIP HERE
NANDO’S RESPONDS TO THE CLIP
After Tweeps decided to boycott the fast food outlet, Nando’s responded saying that they are aware of the exchange that took place between panelists and they take “freedom of speech” very seriously.
“We know that you know what happened in the exchange between the panelists on The Burning Platform on 21st October 2021. We are a proudly South African brand that takes the right to freedom of speech very seriously. [1/2],” wrote Nando’s in a statement.
“We do not, and will never, invalidate anyone’s experiences or condone racism in any form. We are taking this serious matter under review. [2/2],” the fast food outlet continues.
NANDO’S ‘FREEDOM OF SPEECH’ REMARK FURTHER INFURIATES TWEEPS
Tweeps were not pleased with Nando’s remark about taking “freedom of speech” seriously. They felt that this was saying Cliff was just exercising his freedom of speech.